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Micropterix tunbergella
Red-barred Pollen-moth (Fabricius, 1784)
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Photo © Rob Lee,  Sheringham 04/05/11

Similar Norfolk Species
Black-headed Pollen-moth
Micropterix mansuetella
Wingspan: 8-11 mm.
Flight: May - June.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 1
Norfolk Status
Rarely recorded in Norfolk.
Local in woodland throughout England and Wales.

Small Spring day-flying species with purple markings on a metallic golden base and orange/yellow head tufts.

Micropterix are unusual in that the adults have fully functional mouthparts, and feed on pollen.

Recorded in 12 (16%) of 74 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1874.
Last Recorded in 2017.

Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
07/05/2017127TG02 - Foxley/Foulsham
22/05/2016+27TG30 - Brundall/Cantley
22/05/2014227TG11 - Drayton/Swannington
21/08/2013227TG20 - Norwich
25/06/2013128TL79 - Methwold/Foulden
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